The delegation of McGill University visited the University of Mines on a working trip. The parties have agreed to draw up and implement a joint program for advanced training and professional retraining.
McGill University, the oldest higher educational institution in Canada, was established in 1821. The alumni include Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia, Zbigniew Brzezinsky, a US political expert, Ernest Rutherford and many other Nobel prizewinners. Today the University student community numbers around 30,000, with 20% of foreign students.
In the course of the meeting with Natalia Pashkevich, First Vice-Rector of the University of Mines, the delegates of the most reputed Canadian university discussed the principles of teaching processes in either of the universities, as well as outlined a number of areas for co-operation in science. In particular, the visitors offered joint research in a range of areas, including mining and environmental science.
Aleksey Blinov, Director of Center of Continuing Education and Training talked about advanced training courses in the framework of the University of Mines. In the opinion of Canadians, this is an indispensable arrangement that allows further development of specialist employed in mineral resources sector.
As regards the joint advanced training programmes planned to be launched in the course of the visit, the main focus was on the ones in mining venture engineering and management. The representatives of the Russian and the Canadian universities also agreed on exchange visits for groups of students and academic staff.